ETC student Bradley Buchanan won an EA scholarship this past semester and is featured on EA's web site as they feature Q&A's with all the scholarship winners. Brad has some nice things to say about his time at the ETC, you can read his interview on EA's news site.
E.A.'s Rich Hilleman talks about the future of HTML5 in redefining the expectations of browser-based gaming. Work done by ETC projects AntEAter and Megalodon sets the stage for this exciting web based video games.
To read the NYT Article, click here.
Congratulations to team AntEAters:
Chong Zhang ('12), Robert Duncan ('12), Alex Kowalski ('12), Nan Jia ('12), Sophie Lu ('12), Yun-Kyu Kim ('12), Hyemi Do ('12)
and team Megalodon:
Noah Bench ('12), Jingyi Feng ('13), Jerry Fu ('12), Animish Gadve ('12), Arjun Harisena ('13), Joan Kim ('12), Siva Loganathan ('13), Sophie Lu ('12), Mohan Subramanian ('13), and Lusha Zhang ('13)
and of course, Co-Directors of the ETC-SV, Jiyoung and Carl!
We received email from ETC alum Anthony Palma asking us to post this story
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – There are 15 startups at the Plug and Play Tech Center.
Five have come from Carnegie Mellon.
There’s Kermdinger, a foursome of creating humorous video games to be picked up by independent distributors. Then there’s GlobaTrek, which helps small businesses manage their global distribution networks. Sriram Subramanian got his master’s in information networking eight years ago before founding mobile retailing solution Fermyon.
So why does this startup camp in Silicon Valley have such a unique Pittsburgh flavor?
“You wouldn’t realize it, but they do a good job of promoting entrepreneurship without forcing it down your throat,” said Alen Knapic, the founder of Bracketz and another CMU alumnus at Plus and Play.
The 15 tech companies – founded almost entirely by students from over 10 universities such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pisa – are immersed in the three-month program, beginning this week. The startups will be introduced to investment and entrepreneurial mentors, learn to refine their business presentations and network with each other for collaborative opportunities.
Companies receive $25,000 apiece to bring their concepts from the whiteboard to the market and Plug and Play’s Sept. 13 Startup Expo.
“I’m really liking it so far,” Subramanian said. “The biggest factor is just the energy, and just having everybody together just adds that additional oomph.”
Former Plug and Play companies include the dating website Zoosk, online video sharing company TwitVid (now known as Telly), peer-to-peer lending network Lending Club, consumer debt and credit management firm Credit Sesame, and more than 100 others.
“We believe that Startup Camp companies have the dedication, the eagerness and the experience to make a difference,” said Plug and Play Vice President of Investing Alireza Masrour. “We are here to help them go that extra mile.
“And this is a really fun group.”
Weekly mentors will include Lou Montulli, a founding engineer of Netscape; Ernestine Fu, a Stanford student and one of the youngest investors in Silicon Valley; and 30 other angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Startups will also network with investors to promote funding opportunities.
Congratulations to the Kermdinger Studio's team!
During the fall 2010 semester, CoCo & Co, which included ETC students Chris Bell, Cynthia Jiang, Hugo Shih, Katherine Rubenstein, Walt Destler, and Paulwei Wang worked on a game focused on cross- cultural communication and collaboration through play, and will provide a shared space for players to discover each other, progress together, and learn about each new person they meet. The game, Way, has just won the award for Game of the Year at the Games for Change Festival in New York.
Congratulations to to Chris, Cynthia, Hugo, Katherine, Walt and Paulwei!
To read the artile in Gamasutra, click here.
To play the game, click here.
ETC first year student, Sivakumar Loganathan and his recently published Andriod App, Carnatic Raga is receiving some good reviews. The app was featured in The Indian Times, and in Pudhiya_Thalamurai is a weekly magazine in Tamil language.
The app provides the Arohanam (ascending scale) and Avarohanam (descending scale) of each raga. In the past one year, there has been rise in the number of genre-specific mobile applications, most of them free for download, helping traditional music aficionado's stay connected to rare raga's and their favorite performances.
Nice work Siva